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Active Shooter Drill Held At Newark University Hospital

Fictional Suspect Taken Down
A suspect is taken down during a mock active shooter situation at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. - June 6, 2013 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

A suspect is taken down during a mock active shooter situation at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. – June 6, 2013 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - It was only a drill, but on Thursday officers stormed through the hallways inside University Hospital in Newark with staff on the ground looking hurt and running by looking bloody.

It was a response to a mock active shooter situation.

“I have an open fracture in my left ankle,” a participant said.

There were tense moments as cops took down an a man playing a suspect.

“Shot me in my arm. He shot me,” the man said.

“Alright stop acting,” he was told, and the drill is done.

“You have to prepare for the worst type of event,” hospital emergency preparedness director Brian Dolan told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney. “In an active shooting inside of a hospital, it would be one of those worst type of events.”

“Listen, these are the types of scenarios that you train for, that you hope you never have to respond to,” said UMDNJ police director John Huertas. “It provides the hospital staff and us with that interaction of working together.”

“My heart was beating pretty fast. I mean it’s scary,” said Megan, a fourth semester UMDNJ nursing student, who said they needed this drill. “With disasters that are happening in our country, you have to be prepared.”

“All these exercises make us aware that something could happen, how to behave,” said Alona Krivulin, who is in her last semester.

“It almost makes it feel like it really is real and I think it’s really good preparation, God forbid anything anything were to happen,” classmate Kristen Andrews said.

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